To go along with Stack Exchange's Winter Hats promotion, the moderators of Network Engineering are offering another bonus... literally.

We're opening a competition with a prize of 250 bonus reputation points for the person who asks the best questions between 16 December 2013 until 3 January 2014. The competition is only open to users with less than or equal to 1000 total reputation on the Network Engineering site (as of the day you sign up).

How do I start?

  1. It's really simple. Add an answer below with your name, and we will start tracking your question scores posted between 16 December 2013 until 3 January 2014. The moderator team will keep the scores updated in this post from time to time. NOTE: To meet the minimum answer length requirements, please include your name and a bare hyperlink to your NE user profile.
  2. Ask questions. However, the rules of the site have not changed; we still need questions to be specific and on-topic. Please see the Help Center for what is on-topic here.

How are scores computed?

  1. We build a "Composite Q&A score" by adding the number of upvotes on the question, the number of upvotes on the accepted answer, and 1 additional point for every 500 question views. Then take the top four "Composite Q&A scores" and average them. The person with the highest average "Composite Q&A scores" wins the 250 point bonus.
  2. Downvotes do not count against your Composite Q&A score to discourage competitive downvoting between participants.
  3. Only questions with an accepted answer will qualify toward winning the bonus.

What else should I be aware of?

  1. We will monitor for various forms of cheating; it will not be tolerated. If you see something bad happening, please raise a flag to the moderator team.
  2. We will award the bonus sometime just before midnight (GMT) on 3 January 2014.
  3. Any questions / clarifications about the contest itself should be posted on the meta question.

Eligible Questions (Last Update: 23 Dec 2013 @ 6am Central Time - US)

Name               Q-Score A-Score View Pts    QA Score Question

Will Dennis                   3             5               0               4 Are the SFP/SFP+ int's on WS-X45-SUP7-E autosensing?

MattE                            3             3               0               3 What is most effective placement for firewall devices?

MattE                            4             7               0            5.5 What is the expected behaviour of the ARP cache?

MattE                            5             5               0               5 Factors that determine compatibility of SFPs...?


  1. MattE (3 + 5 + 5.5 + 0) / 4 = 3.375
  2. Will Dennis (4 + 0 + 0 + 0) / 4 = 1.000
  3. Steven Craven (0 + 0 + 0 + 0) / 4 = 0.000 (No questions asked after 16 Dec)
  4. THE DOCTOR (0 + 0 + 0 + 0) / 4 = 0.000 (No questions asked after 16 Dec)

NOTE: Apologies for the goofy formatting, but Stack Exchange has no native support for html tables

  • 1
    For clarity for other readers: Mike will put the 250 point bonus on this main-site question, and then he'll accept the winner's answer below thus gifting them their bonus. Dec 10, 2013 at 19:06

4 Answers 4


Matt Earp (Implementation Manager @ vodafone uk)


  • We've got about an hour left, but MattE basically has an unbreakable lead on the other candidates... Congratulations Matt! I have to wait 24 hours before the award, so you should see your points sometime over the weekend. Jan 3, 2014 at 22:52
  • Thanks Mike! 😃
    – MattE
    Jan 4, 2014 at 0:11

Will Dennis, Sr Network Systems Admin., NEC Laboratories America https://networkengineering.stackexchange.com/users/85/will-dennis

  • Hi Will, thanks for signing up. The competition starts on Dec 16th... get your questions ready :-) Dec 10, 2013 at 18:59




Stephen Craven.    

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